The Next Web rolls out its Startup Awards in Europe

12 countries get their own Startup Awards celebrating entrepreneurship

17 DECEMBER 2012, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
The Next Web is introducing 12 online award competitions through Europe, determining the best startups, the most talented entrepreneurs and hottest investors. The TNW Startup Awards are voted for by the public and the results are published online. Meetups with a TNW team member and nominees, winners and the local startup community are organized in January and February in Berlin, London, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, Bucharest, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Kiev, Moscow, Istanbul and Copenhagen.

Identifying the hottest startups in Europe
"Europe needs real entrepreneurs to put itself back on the map again. Vigour and drive, the willingness to transform and develop are what's required. Not all hot startups are built in Silicon Valley – we're seeing very talented entrepreneurs with big ideas and great execution all over the world. These startups need to be discovered and their stories need to be told. The TNW Startup Awards tour around Europe helps to identify and shine a light on the best startups, their entrepreneurs and investors in each country," says Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web.

Online voting with offline awards ceremony
The Startup Awards are a public choice award, where the people decide on who will win the awards. It starts with nominating your favourite startups in each country, four weeks before the event. Three weeks later, the professional TNW Jury, existing of Ziad M. Kane, CEO of TheNextWeb.com, TNW co-founder Patrick de Laive and editors Robin Wauters and Martin Bryant, selects max. 5 companies or people per category that will move on to the voting round. During the voting round, which lasts one week, anybody can vote for their favorites via our social voting platform.

The winners will be announced online, and meetups are organized in the big startup hubs in Germany, the UK, Ireland, France, Romania, Spain, Poland, Holland, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Denmark. Here the startup community will gather for drinks, chats and to celebrate the winners and nominees in each of the seven categories.


Seven categories
The categories are Startup of the Year, Best (Co-)Founder, Best Web App, Best Mobile App, Best Design, Best User Experience and Best Investor. 

Award ceremony dates
German Startup Awards, Berlin, January 15th 
UK Startup Awards, London, January 24th 
Irish Startup Awards, Dublin, January 29th 
French Startup Awards, Paris, January 31st 
Romanian Startup Awards, Bucharest, February 5th 
Spanish Startup Awards, Barcelona, February 7th
Polish Startup Awards, Warsaw, February 12th
Dutch Startup Awards, Amsterdam, February 15th
Ukraine Startup Awards, Kiev, February 19th
Russian Startup Awards, Moscow, February 21st
Turkish Startup Awards, Istanbul, February 26th
Danish Startup Awards, Copenhagen, February 28th 

Each winner receives a ticket to the TNW Europe conference in Amsterdam in April. This high level networking event brings the tech industry leaders from the US and EU together to build a bridge between those markets for startups and companies. More prizes will be awarded by the (local) Startup Awards partners.

Quotes
""Not all hot startups are build in Silicon Valley, we're seeing very talented entrepreneurs with big ideas and great execution all over the world. These startups need to be discovered, their stories need to be told to the rest of the world. The TNW Startup Awards tour around Europe helps to identify and shine a light on the best startups, their entrepreneurs and investors in each country"" Patrick de Laive, co-founder of The Next Web
Spokespeople
About TNW Startup Awards Europe

The TNW Startup Awards are a series of 12 local awards in Europe's tech hubs. In each country, an online competition where the public can nominate and vote their favourite will determine the hottest startups, founders and investors. After the online awards, meetups with a TNW co-founder or editor will take place in Berlin,  London, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, Bucharest, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Kiev, Moscow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. The categories of the awards are: Startup of the Year, best (co-)founder, best web app, best mobile app, best user experience, slickest design and best investor. The TNW Startup Awards are voted for by the public through their preferred social media channel. http://thenextweb.com/startupawards

About The Next Web

TheNextWeb.com is the source for technology news, business and culture with a worldly perspective. Since its launch in January 2008, the site has grown to a monthly reach over 6 million visitors from across the globe - priding itself on both its US and international audience.

The Next Web Conference is the second largest European Internet conference and is held every year in April, in Amsterdam.


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